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Updates at Maui’s Royal Lahaina Resort Nov 11

Great news for fans of the Royal Lahaina Resort – the charming beach cottages have just completed renovation and look amazing. Situated amidst tropical gardens along the oceanfront lawn these one and two story cottage buildings are perfect for families or destination wedding groups. Guests have a home away from home feel but yet all the amenities of a full service resort.

Cottage Room & Studio Features Include:

  • Daily made service
  • Private Lanai
  • one king bed or two doubles in cottage rooms
  • plush bedding and 330 thread count Egyptian Cotton Linens
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Mini Fridge in  Cottage Rooms / Kitchenette in Studios
  • Coffee Maker  with complimentary of Coffee & Tea
  • In Room Electronic Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron &  Ironing Board
  • Sound System with MP3 Player Ports

Royal Lahaina Resort Guest Services Include:

  • Oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach
  • Three Swimming Pools (two oceanfront)  and two Hot Tubs (one oceanfront)
  • Nightly Live Hawaiian Entertainment
  • Oceanfront Signature Restaurant
  • Two Bars
  • Cultural Activities
  • Tennis Ranch with 11 lighted tennis courts
  • Concierge
  • Wedding Services & Coordinators
  • So much more is offered than I have room to include in one blog post

To get started planning your Maui  Honeymoon, Destination Wedding or Milestone Wedding Anniversary at the Royal Lahaina Resort contact Maui Master Specialist  Linda Dancer

Direct Line 931-337-0770  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Email   Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Surviving Bridal Show Season Jan 01
Come visit my booth!

Come visit my booth!

Experts in the wedding industry tell us that December is one of the busiest months for engagements over the Christmas holidays, thus prompting the bridal show frenzy that begins in early January and continues through the spring, and begins again in early fall. Having participated in hundreds of bridal shows as a vendor, and attending several shows with my son and his fiancé while planning their wedding, these are a few tips I have learned along the way that I hope will help you survive attending bridal shows in your local market.

* Watch for local advertising  on the radio, local newspaper or wedding vendors for ticket discounts for purchasing your tickets in advance, also purchasing your tickets in advance sometimes will also pre-register you for prizes.

* Before you go I would suggest that you come up with a unique wedding  email such as jonesandsmithwedding@gmail.com and then print sheets of return address labels- this will save you valuable time not having to print your name, address and phone number for each booth you visit as most of them will have a giveaway of some sort.

* If possible, take a friend or two with you to help carry all the collateral you will pickup along the way from vendors, bridal shows can be loud and busy so having another set of eyes and ears will help you to recall what vendors you were really drawn to. Most bridal shows give you a bag with registration, but I would suggest you take a large strong bag with you to carry everything in just in case.

Classic Bride and Formals "Great Bridal Store in      Charlote area "

Classic Bride and Formals
“Great Bridal Store in Charlotte area “

*Have a plan and think about your top priorities for vendors- Is your priority finding the perfect wedding dress, venue, wedding cake or Honeymoon? When you first arrive to the bridal show and check in, you will be given a list of vendors-take the time to find the location of your top priority vendors, visit them first before they give away their information or their booth gets crowded and you will not be able to have a quality conversation with them.

If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, come visit me at the Carolina Bridal Fair  at the Cabarrus Arena on January 17,2016- I will be in booths 503-504-lots of other great vendors such as Classic Bride and Formals, Nona’s Sweets and Bakery (seen on Platinum Weddings) and Erin Padgett Events will be there as well. I would love to talk with you about planning your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon. Not finding any local bridal shows in your area or a vendor that you are connecting with? I have clients from around the world and would love the opportunity to assist you.

Contact: Linda Dancer via Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com or by phone Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 

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Let’s go Upcountry Maui Dec 11

Going Upcountry Maui is as much a state of mind as it is an area of Maui, starting at Pukalani, climbing the slopes of magnificent Haleakala to the communities of Makawao, Kula, Keokea and Ulupalakua.

Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

Rural Makawao welcomes visitors with hitching posts fronting the boutiques, restaurants and art galleries that are part of the eclectic personality of the area. Voted one of the top 25 arts-related travel destinations in the country, Makawao is the home of the Hui No’eau visual arts center. The center housed in a plantation-era estate home treats visitors to ongoing classes and exhibitions. If you happen to be visiting Maui over the Fourth of July weekend be sure and make time for the Makawao Rodeo, and take in the Paniolo(Hawaiian cowboy) spirit found here.

The farming community of Kula is best known as the home of some of the island’s freshest produce, especially the delicious Kula onion which is incorporated into most local dishes served on the island. Allow time to see the beautiful protea flowers and aromatic lavender at Ali’i Kula Lavender , just beyond Kula you will find the 20,000 acre Ulupalakua Ranch and Tedeschi Winery and Surfing Goat Dairy.

Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm

Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

Ho’okipa Beach Park  attracts pro windsurfers and kite surfers in the winter months when conditions are roughest. Waves on the north shore are huge and make it the perfect place to watch these professionals perform but please heed all posted safety signs if visiting during the winter months. In the summer months this stretch of shoreline is the perfect place to swim and sunbathe or just relax in the sun.

    Ho'okipa Beach Park

Ho’okipa Beach Park

Pa’ia is the perfect place to shop for the perfect gift for friends and family amongst colorful, plantation-era storefronts and boutiques. Shop for surf gear and locally produced art, jewelry and clothing have lunch at one of the ethnic eateries in town or just a short drive to Mama’s Fish House.

If you plan on driving the Road to Hana, you will travel through Upcountry so take time to enjoy the view and enjoy the Upcountry experience. If you have the time there are several lovely bed and breakfast as well as small inns for visitors to stay Upcountry as well.

Planning on visiting Maui– contact Linda Dancer to get started  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   Direct Line 828-256-1520  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

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Five fun outdoor activities on Kaua’i Oct 24

With only ten percent of Kaua’i’s landscape accessible by road, to make the most of your visit to Kaua’i you have to get out of your car and go exploring. So many options are available to you from hiking, biking, horseback riding, mountain tubing, ATV adventures probably more options that you will have time for during your stay on the island.

Five of my favorites are :

Riding at Princeville Ranch

Riding at Princeville Ranch

Horseback Riding – ride along bluffs, across foothills, across sugar cane fields past secluded beaches and across working ranches. A variety of companies offer guided tours ranging from 90 minutes to five hours – some will include hiking and a swim in a natural pool below a waterfall. Some offer private tours as well. One of my personal favorites is with Princeville Ranch.

Zipline

Zipline

Zipline- soar like a bird while safely harnessed over some of Kauai’s lush green landscape. Kaua’i is so tropical with so much natural beauty even zip over a hidden waterfall.

Stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddle boarding

River Kayaking and Standup Paddle Boarding  -whether  a nice easy paddle along the Wailua River to the famed Fern Grotto, the Huel’ia River to the Menehune Fishpond  or on the Hanalei River. For those that want something with a little more action ocean kayaking is available the summer months, hire a guide for the best experience.

Hiking in the Waimea Canyon

Hiking in the Waimea Canyon

Hiking  – A hiker’s paradise there are so many options depending upon skill level – one popular spot is the Waimea Canyon. Koke’e State Park offers more than 40 miles of footpaths leading to scenic lookouts. The Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast is the island’s most famous and most challenging at 11 miles. Other popular hikes include Kuilau, Moalepe and Powerline Trailhead. Plan ahead – maps are available through the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Division of State Parks for more hiking information. For your safety never hike alone and be sure and tell someone where you are going.

Mountain Tubing

Mountain Tubing

Mountain Tubing – It is okay to act like a kid when you do this fun activity-grab an inner tube and enjoy your trip down the river. Sturdy tubes let you float down through Kauai’s interior past breathtaking natural beauty. Guided tours, basic instructions and safety equipment provided. My personal favorite is Kauai Backcountry Adventures (photo courtesy of KBA) in addition to mountain tubing they also have some great zipline tours.

To get started planning your trip to Kaua’i contact Linda Dancer Kaua’i Master Destination Specialist  Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or  Direct Line 828-256-1520

 

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Top 3 Reasons to visit Ulupalakua Ranch Aug 28
Wind thru green pastures

Wind thru green pastures

Store

I.  The first reason to visit Ulupalakua Ranch – Upcountry Maui is to take the time to drive through lush green pastureland as you drive the winding road that leads to the ranch. Jaw-dropping views of the island below are amazing. Fringed by 150-year-old trees spreading their canopy of shade over the Ranch Store & Grill and Tedeschi Winery just across the street are just waiting to share their story to visitors. Whether you set out to drive just to the Ranch Store or Winery, or if you are on your way to/from driving the Road to Hana you do not want to miss the beautiful drive to the Ulupalakua Ranch.

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

Maui Cattle Co. Beef

II. The second reason to take the time to visit Ulupalakua Ranch would be the slow-roasted Maui Cattle Co. beef brisket with housemade BBQ sauce and olive-oil-and-parsley smashed  potatoes. Sit at a picnic table in the shade of the towering trees, and slip back to a by gone era of 150 years ago when ranch hands also took a break in the shade to enjoy a plate of Maui beef and a cold drink.

III. The third reason is Chef Will Munder – his goal to serve only Maui-grown produce (he also has his own micro farm in Kula). Chef Will’s personal favorite is the juicy Ulupalakua lamb burger with swiss cheese, Waipoli lettuce, sweet Kula onions and ripe tomato.  Visitors have always been able to step up to the counter and order great food but Chef Will has put some new twist on some of the long standing favorites and made everything better. Now everything is made from scratch and as local as possible. The Ulupalakua lamb, beef and famous Elk Burger are part of the commitment of the ranch to serve only meat from the Ranch or from Maui.  And not to worry if you have a GLUTEN ALLERGY like me, I can still have my personal favorite Maui Cattle Co Beef burger on a Gluten Free Roll, my treat of grilled Maui Gold Pineapple for desert.

The open-air grill is fired up at 10 am with Grill Hours from 1100am to 300pm – so plan accordingly –

Take time to shop at the Ulupalakua Store where everything inside the store will put a smile on your face or remind you of times gone by with lots of simple things like red bandanas, silver belt buckles, cowboy hats, jars of ‘olelo berry jam, music by Maui musicians and art by local Maui artists.

After all the motto at the Ulupalakua Ranch is “Happy People” – be sure and take a “selfie” while sitting on the weathered wooden bench on the lanai next to one of the grinning scalawags (created by historic sculptor Reems Mitchell) I dare you try not to grin back at them.

For questions contact Ulupalakua Ranch Store (808) 878-2561 or email them urstore@ulupalakuaranch.com

For assistance in booking your visit to Maui contact Linda Dancer – Maui Master Destination Specialist – Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

**photos of Chef Will and Elk Burger from Ulupalakua Ranch

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Waterfalls & Gardens on Hawaii Island Aug 07

 

 

Umauma Falls

Umauma Falls

World Botanical Gardens and Umauma Falls  is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Hawai’i, and a must to include on your list of things to do while visiting Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau and to experience Hawaii’s Natural Beauty. Visitors can experience this beautiful garden by car and on foot. Drive to view exotic palms, banana, kukui and hala trees en route to the spectacular triple-tiered Umauma Falls. Along the way you wind through hau, hibiscus and native Hawaiian plants to the lush Rainforest Walk  that grow along the Honopueo Stream and grims with tropical plants such as ginger, heliconia, green and red jade vine and bamboo. Rainbow Gardens filled with orchids, bromeliads, palms, ti, cinnamon, allspice, the pencil tree and other tropical species. Allow time during your visit to see the adjacent Arboreteum and the Children’s Maze to wander around at your own pace.

The guided tour of the gardens takes approximately 2 hours with horticulturist and Garden Director Dr. Lanny Neel, every Monday and Thursday or by appointment with catered lunch or bring a picnic lunch.

Enjoy the gardens via Segway Tour  or through the air by zipline

Call (808) 963-5427 to schedule your guided tour- Reservations are required or 1-888-947-4753

Directions : From Kona: Take Hwy 19 through Waimea south to Mile Marker 16 and turn right at the sign.  From Hilo: Take Hwy 19 north to Mile Marker 16- left at the sign.

World Botanical Gardens & Umauma Falls  Hours  Open Daily 9am – 5:30pm

To get started planning your visit to Hawaii  contact  Linda Dancer  Hawaii Master Destination Specialist

via  Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line 828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

The Royal Hawaiian – introduces the “Mailani Tower” Jun 19
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The Royal Hawaiian

From the moment the Royal Hawaiian first opened its doors in 1927, the “Pink Palace of the Palace” has been amazing guests, and with the opening of the Mailani Tower in April, this tradition continues.  Mailani (treated in a royal manner) in the Hawaiian language offers the sophistication and luxury that today’s travelers are used to experiencing, but yet maintaining the grace and charm of the original resort. Each of the 179 guest rooms and suites that make up the Mailani Tower offer a lanai with stunning ocean or pool views.

** The Mailani Tower experience begins at the Mailani-only reception area with dedicated concierge, and throughout guest stay the concierge team works to ensure that guest individual needs are provided to the hotel staff.

** Exclusive Mailani lounge offers guests a tranquil place to enjoy Executive Chef Hans Stierli’s deluxe continental breakfast beginning with champagne mimosas. Evenings in the Mailani Lounge offer beer and wine selections, a signature Luxury Collection cocktail prepared by the resort’s mixologist along with hors devours.

The resort is offering some great promotional rates through December 25th to celebrate the opening of the Mailani Tower – contact Linda Dancer  for more details or to book your stay at The Royal Hawaiian in the new Mailani Tower.

Contact Linda via  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or  Direct Line  828-256-1520

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Polynesian Cultural Center Jun 05

For more than 50 years, The Polynesian Cultural Center located on the north shore of O’ahu has been giving visitors an experience unlike any other found in Hawaii. Visitors are immersed in the lifestyles, habitats, entertainment and other cultural aspects of seven Pacific cultures. No wonder that Polynesian Cultural Center has been named “Hawaii’s” favorite visitor attraction by People’s Choice Awards.  

Hawaii Ulu Maika

Hawaii Ulu Maika

Seeing everything in one day is a really difficult task so my suggestion would be to check out the website and carefully organize the time you will spend so that you get to see the villages that interest you most, learn the schedule of the events held in those villages and between those scheduled events visit some of the other villages. No matter where you are at 2:30pm you will want to make your way to the center’s lagoon to watch the Canoe Pageant – Hawaii’s only water-borne show

See  “The Wonders of Hawaii” and get immersed in a big-screen tribute to the hidden splendors of Hawaii (free with admission to the center). Enjoy Village Canoe Tours, Fun Cultural Demonstrations in each village, natives demonstrate crafts and skills like creating clothing from bark, dance, making baskets from leaves, making fire by rubbing sticks (yes it can be done). Visitors learn about descriptions of cooking methods, transoceanic travel, and how the preservation of traditions and history without a written language was accomplished.

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

Outrigger Canoe Paddling

 

Visit the villages celebrating the Islands of Tonga,Fiji, Tahiti, Samoa, Aotearoa(New Zealand), Marquesas and the Hawaiian Islands.

Complete your day at Polynesian Cultural Center by enjoying the Ali’i Luau followed by  Ha – Breath of Life – a story of passion ignited by fire, song and dance.

Don’t forget to go by one of the souvenir or native handicraft shops.

Located :  Polynesian Cultural Center, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, Hi 96762

** Photos courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center

To book your trip to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer  Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Email Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Old Lahaina Luau Mar 27

Known as the most authentic Hawaiian luau, the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui is celebrating its 29th year of aloha in 2015. Located on the historic grounds of Moali’i , the multi talented cast of dancers, chanters and musicians guide visitors through the story of old Hawai’i in a direct oceanfront setting.

Before the Luau begins visitors are encouraged to check in early to learn about cultural experiences such as pounding poi, husking coconut or even learning how to hula. Then enjoy a beachside sunset and the best of food and entertainment the islands have to offer. I strongly suggest to my clients that they book in advance as it does sell out nightly.

Old Lahaina Luau is located oceanfront at 1251 Front Street, Lahaina,HI 96761

** Destination Weddings are arranged through White Orchid Weddings on the Luau grounds.

For more information about booking your vacation to Maui contact Linda DancerMaui Master Destination Specialist  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Direct Line 828-256-1520   or  Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 

O’ahu Photo Tours Mar 20

The best thing about visiting the beautiful islands of Hawaii is the limitless amount of tours and activities that abound on each island.  Vacation means something different to everyone, and likewise there are tours and activities that appeal to different clients-one such unique tour opportunity on O’ahu  is the  O’ahu Photo Tours.  Professional guides help clients capture breathtaking images around the island and with their skill level they will make sure that the memories you make from photos taken will last a lifetime. Oahu Photography Tours is dedicated to making sure clients are in the right spot at the right time to capture the best possible images, whether you have a point and shoot camera, iPhone or the latest DSLP your guide will be experienced with them all and can show you how to take full advantage of your camera(also provide tripods for every tour if needed).

Tours go out 7 days a week from Waikiki, and with only 7 spots available on each tour space is limited so you may want to think about making these arrangements before you head to the islands. This would make a great addition to a honeymoon registry to capture moments from your first trip together as man and wife.

For  more information contact O’ahu Photo Tours directly:  Email  oahuphotographytours@gmail.com   or by phone (808) 679-1938

For more information on booking your vacation to O’ahu contact Linda Dancer – Hawaii Master Destination Specialist –  Email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free  1-888-811-1888 ext 331